Sudden speed changes carry many risks for drivers and can result in a serious Maryland car accident. Sudden braking is a type of harsh driving that can put motorists at higher risk for a crash caused by overheating and wear and tear on tires. Most drivers can modify their behavior and reduce these dangerous events. However, the story is different for those operating driverless vehicles, such as Teslas. The driver may maintain little control over the circumstances leading to an accident in these cases.
Recently, federal auto-safety regulators began a preliminary investigation into sudden braking by advanced driver-assistance systems in Tesla vehicles. The investigation primarily focuses on 2021 and 2022 Tesla Model 3 sedans sold in the United States. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report documents over 350 consumer complaints over the previous nine months. Consumers reported that their Tesla’s suddenly braked when there were no road hazards. The claims explain that their vehicles “unexpectedly apply its brakes” while traveling at highway speeds. For many, the rapid deceleration occurred randomly, without warning, and repeatedly.
This latest concern only joins many other issues the car manufacturer has confronted over the past few years. Earlier this year, Tesla recalled over 50,000 vehicles equipped with the manufacturer’s “full self-driving software.” The recall was in response to reports that cars were rolling through intersections and stop signs without stopping. The company recalled the vehicles to disable this dangerous feature. Moreover, the company faces another investigation into its Autopilot system and a recall to correct a brake defect. Finally, the company agreed to disable a feature that allows front passengers and drivers to play video games while the car is in motion.
What Should I Do After a Maryland Tesla Accident?
Those who have experienced injuries in an accident involving a Tesla should contact an attorney to discuss their rights and remedies. There may be more than one entity responsible for the accident and damages in these cases. The liable party may include a negligent driver, the vehicle manufacturer, or another party who played a part in the accident. Establishing liability is critical in Maryland because of the state’s strict contributory negligence laws. A car accident attorney can assist accident victims in effectuating the remedies the law entitles them. Remedies in these cases may include damages for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and other similar losses.
Contact a Maryland Tesla Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of a negligent driver or car manufacturer, contact the lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen. The injury attorneys at our office handle Maryland Tesla accidents, in addition to other incidents involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability claims, defective or dangerous products, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. The lawyers on our team have an up-to-date understanding of the complex rules and case law that govern Maryland personal injury cases. We have secured significant compensation for our clients and their loved ones. Contact our office at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.